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AT&T is in a giving mood this week

AT&T seems to be in a giving mood -- the company is offering its "most valuable customers" free 3G MicroCells. For those unfamiliar with the MicroCell, it's a device that will boost AT&T cellular reception in "dead zones" by tapping into your home's broadband connection.

Over the weekend, reports from Engadget and Gizmodo explained that customers were starting to receive notices in the mail saying that they qualified for the free MicroCells. Today, I found one of the letters in my mailbox.

I nearly ripped the letter up and threw it in the trash, as I was expecting it to be typical AT&T spam mail about their home phone service or free after rebate mobile phones. To my surprise, it was the free MicroCell offer that has been making the rounds this weekend.

Considering I've only had AT&T service for just over a year, I was surprised at being considered an MVP. I've also never called AT&T to voice concerns over receptions issues in my area because I never had any until picking up an iPhone 4.

I'll be stopping by the AT&T store tomorrow morning to get my unit and will update this article to note whether the MicroCell cures the "Death Grip" phenomena that has stricken my iPhone 4.

Updated 7/14/2010 @ 8:11 am

Just a small update to my story. I was finally able to snag a 3G MicroCell from an AT&T store in my area after numerous calls. After getting the device home, it took about 30 minutes for it to complete its initial setup. 

With the 3G MicroCell active, I now get 5 bars anywhere in my house and performing the death grip on the iPhone 4 results in no dropped bars at all. It allows me to make calls with the death grip and incoming calls no longer go to voicemail when holding it firmly in my left hand.

The 3G MicroCell at least solves the issues I'm having at home, but it still doesn't begin to address the reception issues I face out around town.

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RE: Shouldn't this be the cue to...
By dark matter on 7/12/2010 2:15:38 AM , Rating: 3
Even though ATT is the worst when it comes to this, dont blow it out of proportion.

a = You agree with him that ATT is the worst carrier
b = His solution was to change carrier.
c = You tell him to calm down and don't blow it out of proportion.

Can you point out to anyone with half a brain why he is blowing things out of proportion by advising you to move away from the worst carrier available?

Of course he is going to bring Apple into the equation. Especially considering that Apple are revising their "bars" to show a more accurate reflection of ATTs network. No sooner had they announced this, ATT start giving out free hardware. Call it co-incidence if you must, but his point is still pertinent.

I believe the OP was absolutely spot on. After all, you have just stepped forward and attempted to defend the indefensible. Your first comment was an attack on him, attempting to make his comment some rage inspired rant by asking him to "calm down". Strikes me as something a politician would do. Secondly you think FREE stuff is amazing, and ATT are doing this out of sheer generosity, not because they are the worst performing network, and then you defend Apple despite their CEO telling people they are holding their phone wrong.

RE: Shouldn't this be the cue to...
By tng on 7/14/2010 4:27:48 PM , Rating: 2
I travel 6 to 8 months of the year and I have AT&T.

I have found that despite all of the trashing of the different carriers they are virtually all the same. Where I spend allot of time in NY the AT&T signal sucks, but Verizon is great. In TX where I go often AT&T is great and people complain about Verizon. Here in CA where I live it really just depends on where I am.

As such I can't really fault any carrier for network weak spots cause they all have them.

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